MS Beluga Skysails 

The MS Beluga Skysails, a cargo vessel that uses a towing kite system to achieve better shipping fuel economy, completed its first shipment this week.

Global DHL Forwarding used the vessel to deliver 71 containers from Germany to Venezuela as part of a larger effort of creating a less-carbon intensive transport and logistics network. The ship's wind propulsion feature allows it to either travel faster or use up to 20 percent less fuel.

The maiden voyage was completed at a time when ship-related greenhouse gas emissions are under fire from several fronts. Earlier this week, a report commissioned by the U.N. International Maritime Organization surfaced, finding that ship-related emissions, at 3.5 percent of global carbon emissions, were grossly underestimated and nearly double than previous estimates of 1.4 percent.

Carbon emissions could rise another 30 percent by 2030 because of predicted increases in world seaborne trade, an industry responsible for shipping more than 90 percent of traded goods by volume, according to Reuters.

At the same time, the Bush Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are facing pressure from lawmakers and environmentalists to tighten pollution laws at U.S. ports, the Associated Press reported.

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Aaron Hadlow

Playa del Carmen, Mexico will be the first stop of the 2008 PKRA World Tour. This promises to be a new exciting event due to its magical location.

Playa del Carmen is the heart of the world famous "Riviera Maya" with its many kilometers of powdery white sand beaches, and cristal clear Caribbean waters.

During this season the wind can range from 10 to 25 knots from the northeast to the southeast direction.

Source: PKRA

Mako kiteboards 

Ocean Rodeo is proud to introduce the 2008 Mako Carve kiteboard series. Built with Ocean Rodeo's legendary attention to detail the 2008 Mako series is designed for durability, control and Carve.

The 2008 Mako line up is Ocean Rodeo's deepest line of heavy concave carving boards ever. Featuring four shapes with up to 18mm of concave the 2008 line up of Mako boards smooths choppy waters, carves up wind with ease and bites into every turn you make.

Source: Ocean Rodeo